By: Rochelle L. Cruz
DOST IV-A continues to bring science and technology closer to the community thru its different programs and services such as Community Empowerment through Science and Technology (CEST), Grant-in-Aid Community-Based Project (GIA-CBP), and Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program (SETUP).
As part of the Science for the People: Roadshow, SETUP MSME, and CEST Convention conducted last February 20 at Lolo’s Place, Brgy. Sto. Domingo, Bay, Laguna, the DOST IV-A held breakout forum sessions on CEST/CBP and SETUP in the afternoon session.
The forum on CEST and Community-Based Projects was attended by different CEST beneficiaries and CBP adoptors to learn more about these programs as well as to be introduced to the CALABARZON Food Solutions Hub (C-FoSH) services.
Ms. Ma. Esperanza E. Jawili, PSTC Quezon Provincial Director, gave a forum rationale to the participants to enlighten them what they could earn from this forum. It was followed by the PSTC Cavite Provincial Director Engr. Raul D. Castañeda who gave a short presentation on the existing CEST and CBP projects in the region.
To further inspire the participants, a testimonial from Atimonan, Quezon Barangay Nutrition Scholars Association, Inc. (AQBNSAI) thru LGU-Atimonan shared how DOST IV-A helped their community to improve their services to the people.
Moreover, Mr. Clarke Nebrao, Chairman and President of Association of Laguna Food Processors (ALAFOP), gave a talk about the raw materials requirements of ALAFOP. He also discussed what CALABARZON Food Solutions Hub (C-FoSH) is about as well as its services.
After the forum, the participants went to the C-FoSH Facility Hub located at Laguna State Polytechnic University – Main Campus, Sta. Cruz, Laguna to have a facility tour.